MSI’s Next-Gen P67 Flagship Arrives – Big Bang-Marshal (B3)

Written by Ben Hardwidge

February 22, 2011 // 12:42 p.m.

MSI’s Next-Gen P67 Flagship Arrives – Big Bang-Marshal (B3)
The Most Feature Rich Motherboard on Sandy Bridge Platform


Gamers and extreme users have been waiting for a mainboard that can provide them all the tools they need to get the most out of their new Sandy Bridge CPUs. It’s finally arrived: World-renowned mainboard manufacturer MSI has unleashed the Big Bang-Marshal (B3). The Big Bang-Marshal (B3) is equipped with a 24-phase DrMOS power design, and has excellent performance on over-clocking and stability for the enthusiast user. Utilizing a dual 8-PIN CPU power supply plus a set of 6-PIN VGA power supply design, users can steadily provide power when overclocking the CPU and mainboard achieving the highest performance on the Sandy Bridge platform. Defining total quality standards, the Big Bang-Marshal (B3) is also equipped with Military Class II components for the best build quality. The industry leading set of eight PCI-E 2.0 x 16 slots provides a staggering combination of GPUs. Combined with Creative’s top-class X-Fi sound technology, this Big Bang-Marshal (B3) simultaneously takes care of the three major elements that gamers care about the most: stability, performance and sound effects.

Extreme Power Designs for Power Users
In order to satisfy CPU power supply during extreme over-clocking, the Big Bang-Marshal (B3) has a 24-phase DrMOS power design to provide a stable power supply for cleaner and efficient energy.

Video Cards get a jolt of power with a 6 PIN VGA power supply, which will deliver the video cards enough power while over-clocking. MSI’s exclusive “Cease-Fire” PCI-E Dip Switches can toggle PCI-E x16 lanes on or off. This is useful for users who are testing graphics cards or just want to open up additional lanes.

Military Class II Components – Ultimate Stability
The new Big Bang-Marshal (B3) uses MSI’s Military Class II standards: top-class materials and parts such as Hi-c CAP, Super Ferrite Choke and Solid CAP. This increases the product’s usage life, and brings a higher level for what players focus on the most: quality and stability.

Ultimate Video Performance:
8* PCI-E 2.0 x16 Slots
Continuing their focus on video performance and expandability for the Big Bang series, the all new Big Bang-Marshal (B3) is equipped with 8* sets of PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot. It supports AMD’s Crossfire X and NVIDIA’s SLI multi-GPU operations as well as utilizing MSI’s Fuzion technology for a future-proof experience.

Ultimate Sound Performance:
X-Fi Sound Enhancement
For sound effects, the tradition of using Creative’s X-Fi technology for the Big Bang series continues. This time, the Big Bang-Marshal (B3) uses the newest X-Fi sound technology. EAX 5.0 is the most commonly used sound platform and now has EAX Voice to provide voice chat positioning in games. EAX PurePath allows developers to accurately control the bass and output channels. EAX MacroFX reproduces short-distance sound effects to create the most immersive sound performance for games. It also supports the THX TruStudio Pro™ stereo standard, most commonly used in Hollywood movies. Whether it’s for games or video playback, MSI’s Big Bang-Marshal (B3) can achieve the best sound performance and clarity.

Fighter-type thermal system with SuperPipe’s First-class Cooling Performance
Inspired by fighter jets and Military Class II spirit, the Big Bang-Marshal (B3) is equipped with the fighter air intake cutaway design. Together with the 8mm SuperPipe heat pipes, this will achieve the coolest computing environment.

Other Features
Besides the many exclusive features introduced above, the all new Big Bang-Marshal (B3) also has complete support for MSI’s various P67/H67 exclusive technologies. The all intelligent overclocking technology OC Genie II allows you to overclock in a second. The ClickBIOS UEFI interface can be operated with a mouse. The Super Charger reduces the charging time of USB devices by 40%. Instant OC can provide instant overclocking through Windows. Furthermore, the Big Bang-Marshal (B3) is provided with Winki 3 which can be quickly started without entering the system. 12* USB 3.0 and 4* SATA3 ports will make sure your data will be transferred as fast as possible.

All these features make the Big Bang-Marshal (B3) the number one choice which overclockers and gamers can’t afford to miss.

Technical specifications
Model: MSI Big Bang-Marshal (B3)
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3 series in a LGA1155
Chipset: Intel® P67 Express Chipset
Memory: 4 DIMM support for DDR3-2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600(OC)/1333/1066MHz up to 32GB
Video: 8* PCI-Express x 16 2.0 slots
Audio: X-Fi MB2, THX TruStudio PRO, Support EAX 5.0
LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbits/s LAN
Peripheral Interfaces: 4 x SATA 3Gbps from PCH with RAID Support, 2 x SATA 6Gbps from PCH with RAID Support, 2 x SATA 6Gbps from Marvell 9128SE, 2 x Power eSATA Ports, 2 x IEEE 1394 Ports, 12 x USB 3.0 Ports, 8 x USB 2.0 Ports, Multi-GPU SLI – CrossFireX™ - Hydra X-Mode

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